Public Health & Community Services

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Who We Are

The Division of Public Health and Community Services is the public health entity for the City of Nashua. It is the first accredited Health Department in New Hampshire. All of the Departments within the Division offer services that directly impact the health, social, and economic well-being of the residents of the City of Nashua and the surrounding communities.

Our Mission

To promote, protect and preserve the health and well being of the Greater Nashua Region   through leadership and community collaboration.  

Our Vision

To have an informed, safe, healthy and resilient community where all people can thrive and prosper.  

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Hepatitis A on the Rise - Protect Yourself with Vaccination 

hepatitis A awarenessHepatitis A is on the rise in NH and Mass. Since November 2018, 79 people have been diagnosed with hepatitis A, compared to an average of 6 – 7 people annually in recent years. 

Hepatitis A infection is a vaccine-preventable viral infection that infects the liver. Hepatitis A virus (HAV) is contagious and is transmitted when a person unknowingly ingests the virus from objects, food or drinks contaminated by small, undetected amounts of stool from an infected person. 

Symptoms includefever, fatigue, loss of appetite, nausea, vomiting, abdominal pain, dark urine, clay-colored bowel movements, joint pain, and jaundice. The infection causes inflammation of the liver (hepatitis), and severe infections can result in liver failure and even death.

Illness from HAV is often acute and self-limited; however, when this disease affects populations with already poor health or other chronic medical conditions (e.g., hepatitis B and C infections, chronic liver disease), the infection can lead to hospitalization and death.

How Can I get Hep A? 

The virus that causes hepatitis A is contagious and anyone can get it; however, people at highest risk of contracting the virus are:

  • people with direct contact with someone with hepatitis A
  • people using injection or non-injection recreational drugs, including marijuana. Person-to-person transmission of HAV between persons who report drug use and/or homelessness could result from close contact, contaminated needles and other drug paraphernalia, sexual contact and practices, or from generally poor sanitary conditions.
  • people experiencing homelessness or with unstable housing (e.g. “couch surfing”)
  • gay and bisexual men 
  • people with ongoing, close contact with high-risk individuals
  • people with recent jail or prison stay

Help prevent the spread:

  • Wash your hands frequently - especially after bathroom use or before food preparation.
  • Avoid sex with someone who has Hepatitis A infection.
  • Don't share personal items, food, drinks, or smoking/drug devices with others.
  • Get vaccinated

The vaccine is recommended for:

  • All children starting at one year of age and older
  • People who are at increased risk of hepatitis A infection (as noted above)
  • Those with chronic liver diseases (such as hepatitis B and hepatitis C infections)
  • Anybody wishing to obtain immunity
  • People working in the food service industry 

Where can I receive the hepatitis A vaccine? 

We encourage Hepatitis A vaccines and are offering them at our Walk-In Clinic. Visit us: 

  • Tuesdays 4-7 PM
  • Thursdays 3-6 PM
  • Fridays 8:30 - 10:30 AM

Can't make it to our clinic? Talk to your healthcare provider or visit one of the other sites offering vaccinations. 

Manchester Health Department

1528 Elm Street Manchester, NH 03101 Call: (603) 624-6466

Monday: 1:30pm to 3:30pm, Tuesday: 9:00am to 11:30am, Thursday: 3:00pm to 6:00pm

Goodwin Community Health 

311 NH-108  Somersworth, NH 03878 Call: (603) 749-2346

Wednesday: 1:30pm to 4:00pm

Concord Regional VNA - St. Paul’s Episcopal Church 

21 Centre Street  Concord, NH 03301 Call: (603) 224-409 

1st Mon of each month: 1:00pm to 4:00pm

Press Release - April 16, 2019

The New Hampshire Department of Health and Human Services’ (DHHS) Division of Public Health Services (DPHS) has announced that there has been a significant increase in the number of people in New Hampshire diagnosed with hepatitis A. To read the press release issued by the State of New Hampshire click here.

Materials for sharing 

Hepatitis A Brochure - Greater Nashua Region 

Hepatitis A 8x10 Flyer  

Hepatitis A and Food Worker Safety Fact Sheet 

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Are you experiencing homelessness?


If somebody is experiencing homelessness and needs assistance, please refer them to the Coordinated Entry Line for the Greater Nashua Continuum of Care at 844-800-9911. For other services, refer them to 211 (by telephone) or on the web at www.211nh.org. 

During extreme heat and cold look for information on warming/cooling centers, staying safe during emergencies, and more:
Web: Nashuanh.gov/emergency
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Division Departments


Community Services Department


The Community Services Department encompasses cross-departmental projects and provides regional public health services.

Community Health Department


The Community Health Department provides services that protect the public's health by ensuring that individuals are tested, treated or provided vaccinations that protect the entire community from communicable disease.

Environmental Health Department


The Environmental Health Department protects the health of the public by defining, eliminating, controlling and managing environmental hazards. This is accomplished through the enforcement of laws and ordinances that protect the public from harmful environmental factors, often in collaboration with other City or State partners.

Welfare Department


The Welfare Department provides interim emergency assistance for income eligible residents. Assistance is available with rent, food, utilities and medications.

Services provided at the Division of Public Health and Community Services are provided regardless of race, age, gender identification, sexual orientation, religious or political affiliation.